Here's how to display battery percentage in Android 4.4 KitKat

Here's how to display battery percentage in Android 4.4 KitKat
Don’t you sometimes wish you could see exactly how much percentage of your battery juice is left on your Android smartphone? 

When the battery drops to critical levels every percentage point makes a difference, but unfortunately, by default you cannot see the battery percentage on stock Android. Luckily, changing that is not too complicated, and it’s something that Google is already working on, so chances are this will likely become much easier in future Android versions.

The simpler way is via the Battery Percentage for KitKat app


Right now, the battery percentage fix is confirmed to work with the newest Android 4.4 KitKat devices only. There are two ways to do it. The first one is the simpler one - you just go on Google Play and download the Battery Percentage for KitKat app by kroegerama (it’s free). You simply start the app after that and tick the check box, reboot your phone and you're done.

What this app does is basically expose the battery percentage that Google has encoded in Android, and interestingly, it will only show after your battery drops below 50%. 

It makes sense for most people that won’t really care about exact battery percentage levels until their phone starts crossing a certain critical threshold. 

It’s worth mentioning that the percentage will stay even if you uninstall the app afterwards, and if you want to revert to just the battery icon, you have to open the app and disable the checkbox. The end result is right below, and so is a download link for the app:

Developer: kroegeramaDownload: Android
Category: ToolsPrice: Free

...or via terminal for hardcore nerds


The other way to enable the battery percentage indicator requires you to have the Android SDK, and to do a little bit of tinkering around. You have to connect your phone to your computer and run terminal. To do so in Windows you just hit ‘Windows key + R’ and type in ‘cmd’.


The next step is to change your directory to the ‘platform-tools’ one in the Android SDK. To do this, simply type ‘cd’, add an empty space and paste the path to that directory. Overall, the command should look something like this:
‘cd C:/Android SDK/adt-bundle-windows-x86_64-20131030/sdk/platform-tools/’


Then, you have two final steps. Copy and paste the following command:
‘adb shell content insert --uri content://settings/system --bind name:s:status_bar_show_battery_percent --bind value:i:1’

And follow it by:
‘adb reboot’

And that’s it! You’re done. You pick your method, and let us know how it worked out in the comments section right below.

reference: XDA Developers

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26 Comments

1. Qbancelli

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 11, 2010

The most useless app ever! You have to almost no battery left to see it.

3. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Maybe the idea is that most people don't really worry about the percentage until the battery is at the halfway point.. IDK.

6. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

It starts showing when you go below 50 percent. Anyhow, there's tons of apps and widgets in the Play Store that will allow you to see your phone's battery percentage. Samsung phones have the battery percentage built in.

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

That's the very first thing I do when I get a new Samsung device, besides enabling developer settings.

22. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 894; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Me too

16. puckhead

Posts: 81; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

The app is for 4.4 and later. If you have 4.4 or later you probably have a Nexus device. If you have a Nexus device and really want to know exactly how much you have left, you can see it in the pull down setting- it shows the percent amount. But in away I agree with you, they should just make the text a different color but at the same time its kind of cool how it slowly appears. (BTW caring about stuff like this makes us total geeks ha)

2. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I think I like the way WP8.1 allegedly shows the percentage now,, separated right under the meter... I like this way better.

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Disagree. Samsung's, Apple's and HTC'S implementation is better imo.

20. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

How do they do it?

21. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

To the left of the battery symbol. Putting the percentage elsewhere is just plain awkward to me.

4. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

This is an absolutely worthless article. Stick to your Apple fanboy stuff Victor. There are so many free battery widgets in the Play Store it's ridiculous. On top of that, if you want to know your battery percentage and don't want a widget, just go to settings> device> battery and it will tell you.

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

+1. There are zillions of apps for battery alone My favourite is Notification toggle which not only gives you battery percentage but also quick notification toggle like TouchWiz.

8. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

You can see your battery percentage by swiping down with two fingers on the notification shade.

12. ibap

Posts: 871; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Good to point this out for those that are unaware. More useful is to find one of the apps that lets you see how much current is actually being supplied to your phone while charging. If your car charger or charging your phone through a USB port is taking too long, this will tell you which one is more effective, or if you should really just use AC. Some USB ports just don't supply enough juice if you're using your phone heavily at the same time.

7. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Battery % is a mere estimate and an inaccurate one you shouldn't trust. As a matter of fact, like touch ID and more security, ultapixels and better image quality, aluminum body and better crash resistance and screen protector and no scratches, trusting battery %s is another disillusion that will have your phone hacked, cracked, scratched and you panicking when %s drop suddenly, cause you believed fairytales and misinformation. 34,567% displayed could still mean the battery is half full or having less than a quarter of energy left. There is no way of accurate reading only at 100% and when the phone turns itself off.

13. av911 unregistered

And? - The gas gauge on a car isn't accurate either, do you not utilize it? - The time on our phones/watch aren't accurate either, do you not use it?

17. puckhead

Posts: 81; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

im pretty sure its not way off. instead of 34.567 like you say its more like 34.568. its off by a thousandth, my whole day is ruined cause I didnt know exactly what is was lol

11. pixel8or

Posts: 84; Member since: Jun 10, 2010

Been wanting to do this, but not enough to research it. I'm using Battery HD now, but I don't like the notification widget as it is just another thing in the bar. Thanks for this article, Victor H. Flame on, all you nutjobs! :)

14. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Either people aren't reading the article or aren't understanding it. You don't need a widget, it displays on the battery indicator that's already in the notification center. You can also delete the app after turning the feature on. Win and win.

15. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

You Download a Digital Clock from the Play Store thats lets you Show your batterylife,as i have one on my android phone

18. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

I don't allow percentage as I become paranoiac when the level falls down if I'm not using the phone!

19. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Xposed + GravityBox

23. pixel8or

Posts: 84; Member since: Jun 10, 2010

Droid Mini, Ultra and Max is shows the percentage all the time because the battery icon is JB blue, not white. So, really it's always there, but most can't see it because it's the same color.

24. qbitz1

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

The 2nd option of updating the settings through adb shell works fine and is very quick. Just remember that you need to set usb debugging to yes to connect to the phone.

25. Holley

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 07, 2015

I use a Moto G and have tried for a few weeks to add the battery percentage as well as change locations of apps to my sd card through Android SDK, but every time I download and install SDK, the adb prompt runs through all of the code when I open it and does not allow me to edit any of the code. The instructions above, about changing the directory to the path file for platform tools refuses to work on my end.

26. asharsajid

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 05, 2016

hey guys ? i am trying to use the second method but the problem is the cmd says the path is not specified when i copy the command given in the article ? plus the battery bar on my droid maxx is white instead of blue like many others. kitkat 4.4.4

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